How to Clean Old Vinyl Records – Top Tips: Bring Your Collection Back to Life

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So you’ve hit the record store and come back with a hoard of classic old vinyl records. ….Or, perhaps you’ve inherited or recently received a box of records and you’re excited to dive in.  You flick through the collection, select a record, and gently place it on your turntable.  As the stylus lowers and makes contact with the groove, you’re … Read More

Pro-Ject VC-E Review – Is it as good as the bigger VC-S2 ALU

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Does the VC-E compact record cleaning machine from Pro-Ject match up to its bigger brother, the VC-S2 ALU? Sound Matters put the device through its paces.  When Pro-Ject upgraded its popular vacuum record cleaning machines with shiny new aluminum chassis, we quickly investigated the new VC-S2 ALU. As a direct replacement for Pro-Ject’s flagship VC-S, the new VC-S2 ALU brought … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records – The Ultimate Guide

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Vinyl records are more popular than ever. Their distinctive sound, and immersive, tactile listening experience has solidified the format as the ultimate way to own music. When properly looked after, your vinyl record collection will last a lifetime and beyond, and a huge part of this is keeping your vinyl clean. Most importantly of all, clean vinyl records sound amazing, … Read More

Is it safe to clean vinyl records with alcohol?

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There is much debate among the vinyl community around the use of alcohol to clean vinyl records. Isopropyl alcohol, in particular, is popular with many collectors as a key ingredient in homemade record cleaning solutions. But is it safe? Some collectors swear by it, others warn of potential hazards. To help shed some light on the topic, we’ve done a … Read More

Best Vinyl Record Cleaning Machines

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If you’re the proud owner of a large vinyl record collection, or you want to step up your record cleaning game, a record cleaning machine is one of the best investments you can make. Yes, they require some investment up-front, but in the name of priceless record preservation and the pursuit of audio nirvana, they are worth every penny.  There … Read More

On Test: New, Stronger GrooveWasher G3 Record Cleaning Fluid

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The latest record cleaning formula from GrooveWasher gets down to work faster than their flagship G2 offering. I’ve used GrooveWasher’s G2 as my main record cleaning solution for many years now.  The reason? It works.  It’s the perfect turntable companion and the best record cleaning fluid I’ve encountered for day-to-day use. The team at GrooveWasher are anything if dedicated. The … Read More

How to Clean Your Turntable Stylus – Without Causing Damage

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Your record player or turntables’ needle (better know as the stylus) is the first point in the audio signal chain. It is the instrument responsible for directly tracking your record and beginning the process of transforming an otherwise useless groove into sweet, sweet music. For it to perform at its best, you need to keep it clean. If you allow … Read More

How to Use a Carbon Fiber Brush to Clean Records

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The humble carbon fiber brush is an essential accessory for any turntable. If you don’t already own one, you should change that pretty quickly and start incorporating one into your daily playback routine. It’s good practice to use one before and after each play, as this will help to prevent dust and dirt building up into a bigger problem further … Read More